We love NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang here at Droid Life. The dude has a ton of energy, an addicting personality, and most importantly, loves for his company to push the envelope. After exploding onto the Android scene at CES this past January with their Tegra 2 dual-core chips, Huang wasted no time showing off what they had planned next – quad-core processors. Codenamed Kal-El, these were expected (still are) to be the world’s first mobile quad-core processors with an estimated launch in tablets of this past August and in phones by the end of the year. Unfortunately due to setbacks, neither of those time frames will/has been met. Don’t worry though, we are still expecting to see a quad-core of some sort this year, it just won’t be in a phone.
During a sit down with media this week, Huang mentioned that their time line has now changed. They still expect to launch quad-core tablets this year, but phones will likely be pushed into next year. He also announced plans to move into the mass-processor consumption market, meaning they will do more than just produce processors for superphones and tablets.
On an interesting side note, Huang made a comment about his competitors – well there is only one according to him. During his chat with press, he pointed out that Qualcomm and NVIDIA are really the only two serious players in the game right now:
“We’re the only people seriously on the dance floor with Qualcomm,” contends Huang, who is known for being outspoken. “We’re really the only two active players [in the high-end mobile processor market].”
The funny thing here is that Google has already chosen a Texas Instruments processor to develop their next version of Android on. So while we just professed our love for Huang, we find it odd that he would take such a blatant cheap shot at TI. Is he miffed at the fact that they weren’t chosen for Ice Cream Sandwich or does he really just think that TI processors are crap? Who knows exactly why he left them out, but it sure gave us a good laugh.
Back to the point of the article…anyone saddened by the delay news? Are we surprised by delays anymore?
Oh, and speaking of NVIDIA. We have goodies to give away. Stay tuned for those details.
Along with the launch of NVIDIA’s TegraZone.com, we get a new Tegra-optimized game to check out called Sprinkle. As a “water physics-based puzzler”, you’ll see some of the more polished graphics and water physics of any game on the market. The idea is simple – put out fires using an adjustable water cannon. Completing that task isn’t always so simple though, and requires you to reach back to your childhood fire hose days for inspiration.
The game is available for $1.99 today in the market along with its 46 levels that can be unlocked by tapping 5 fingers on the screen.
*Note – There will be a Kal-El-optimized version of Sprinkle once a device running that new processor has been made available. (more…)
The folks at NVIDIA are taking this mobile gaming thing as serious as anyone these days. For months now, we have enjoyed their TegraZone app which highlights any game that has been optimized for devices running Tegra processors. So to help further influence this world of mobile gaming, NVIDIA has unveiled the new TegraZone.com website as well as an easier way for developers to submit games that they believe are on good enough to be featured as a Tegra-optimized title.
Through this new site, you’ll find many of the same great features you found through the TegraZone app (which updated today by the way), only you can access it from anywhere and at any time. You will see high res screenshots, videos, interviews with developers, and more.
Oh, and to celebrate the launch of all this gaming goodness, NVIDIA is giving away five (5) Acer Iconia Tabs, plus 15 t-shirts.
Enter the contest | Visit TegraZone.com | Market Link
Press release and full details after the jump. (more…)
Zinio actually launched their Android app almost three weeks ago, but we’re just now finding out that it has been Tegra-optimized to give you a buttery smooth experience while thumbing through the latest edition of Cosmo or Bazaar. In the video we’ve attached below, you can see just how much of a difference it makes when these application developers work closely with chipset manufacturers; the results are what we should demand to see from everyone.
And for those that don’t know, Zinio is a big time digital magazine publisher – they might even be the biggest. You’ll find titles in this new app like ESPN the Mag, Maxim, Rolling Stone, and Road & Track just to name a few. Apparently you can have 3 free magazines today, just for downloading, installing and signing up for account with them. Probably worth a look if $6 digital mags are up your alley. (more…)
File this one away under gigantic rumor, but word in the component shipping world pegs Asus as preparing their first Kal-El (quad-core) Tegra 3 version of the Transformer for an October release. While our first reaction is to say that this seems highly unlikely, we do know that NVIDIA is expecting tablets with their new Tegra chip to start shipping some time around the end of the Summer. We’re only calling it “unlikely” because of the lack of internet buzz surrounding any manufacturer’s quad-core tablets.
It would make sense for Asus to rush to be the first, especially after seeing the success of their Tegra 2 Transformer which DigiTimes is calling the number one non-Apple tablet in the U.S. Why not capitalize on all of the buzz that has surrounded one of the hardest tablets on the market to find? Hell, even we struggled to find one to give away. OK, that’s an exaggeration, but it was the hottest of all of the tablets that we gave away.
To our Transformer readers out there – are you ready for what’s next? Is Asus now your tablet brand of choice?
This impressive game called SHADOWGUN first popped up two weeks ago as a potential NVIDIA Kal-El quad-core title and was so impressive that we haven’t been able to stop talking about it. So to continue to feed our addiction to these new console-quality graphics, the fine folks at Madfinger dropped this demo video of the game at E3 that will surely make your jaw slap the floor. We had previously just seen a couple of screenshots followed by a quick walk-through of a single area, but this thing takes us into battle against mutants, shows ammo pickups, blood, and so much more. It’s pretty ridiculous.
And at the end of the trailer, you’ll notice that they plan to release the game sometime in September of this year. Yeah, that’s just 3 months away. (more…)
Been wondering what caused the delay of the original DROID Bionic and the 4G LTE upgrade on the Motorola XOOM? Internet rumors would suggest that the Tegra 2 processor in each device has for some reason struggled to work with Verizon’s new super fast network, but the dual-core’s maker isn’t about to let that go down. In fact, we just got off the phone with NVIDIA who wanted to squash this nonsense for good with the following statement:
Tegra has no compatibility issues with LTE at all. The Tegra-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE tablet runs on Verizon’s LTE network and is a perfect example of Tegra working fine w/ 4G LTE. Tegra 2 interfaces with many types of modems via standard interfaces, including LTE. There is nothing inherently unique about LTE as far as Tegra 2 is concerned.
Hard to argue with that point right there. The newly announced Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 2) which will be out later this month (possibly June 23), has zero issues running on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. And not that we want to continue to hammer on Motorola, but their CEO Sanjay Jha did attempt to take the blame for these delays, so we’re not completely sure why or where this Tegra hating LTE stuff started.
NVIDIA will continue to pump out their innovative mobile chipsets and Moto we hope, will some day figure out whatever issues they have been experiencing and deliver us the goods. Everyone good?
Madfinger Games, the same guys that brought us Samurai II, just announced their new project called SHADOWGUN which is one of the first titles to be made specifically for NVIDIA’s new Kal-El quad-core processor. When you look up “console-quality” in a dictionary, the picture you are seeing above is now featured. Everyone please attempt to pick your jaw up from off the floor.
The game is already being referenced as the “most advanced handheld game in the market” and will also have a version available for Tegra 2 devices. It involves futuristic weaponry, a personal Android assistant, bounty hunters, cyborgs, mutants, and genetically-enhanced humanoids in the year 2350. Do we even need to say more? Oh, a date. They are only announcing that game is in the works at this time, but hope to have it out some time in 2011.
Be sure to check out the press release and some additional screenshots of the game after the break. This game looks amazing. (more…)